Grassley ranks as ‘most effective lawmaker’ in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, earned the top spot as the “most effective lawmaker” in the U.S. Senate for the 115th Congress, according to a nonpartisan analysis conducted by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.

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Senator Grassley is working as hard as ever to represent Iowans in the United States Senate. He is the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he leads the effort to reduce prescription drug prices, hold Big Tech accountable for unconstitutional censorship, protect the Second Amendment and hold the line on efforts to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. A taxpayer watchdog, Grassley fights wasteful spending and holds senior positions on the Senate Finance, Budget and Agriculture Committees, leveraging these influential platforms to champion issues affecting Rural America, from health care to renewable energy and agriculture. In January, Senator Grassley started his 41st consecutive year holding meetings with Iowans at least once every year in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Thanks for your continued support. Keep in touch!

Iowa’s Ag Leaders Endorse Chuck Grassley for Re-election

“Grassley Is A Tireless Advocate For Iowa's Livestock Producers, Farmers, Biofuel Producers, And Rural Communities”

DES MOINES – Iowa’s leading agriculture advocates today endorsed U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a family farmer and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, for re-election.

In their endorsement, the Iowa ag leaders cited Grassley’s work for free and fair trade, price transparency in livestock marketing, pandemic assistance for farmers, infrastructure investments, farm bills good for the Midwest, renewable energy, and tax policy in growing Iowa’s ag economy and attracting business and innovation to the state. The list of endorsers includes the heads or former heads of major Iowa commodity groups as well as numerous federal and state government officials, among others.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Iowa’s economy and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities across the state. Every day, I work to make sure Rural America is never forgotten at the policymaking tables in Washington,” Grassley said. “Iowa agriculture helps feed and fuel the world and is key to our economic and national security. I’m grateful to have the support of Iowa’s ag leaders and look forward to continuing to work on behalf of Iowa’s farmers and biofuels producers.”

The Grassley farm in New Hartford, Iowa grows corn and soybeans. Grassley has championed Iowa agriculture at every turn, from the farm bill safety net to expanding access to and production of biofuels. Recently, Grassley led the effort to support biofuel producers who had to shut down production during the pandemic. USDA just announced it would make $800 million available to the industry.

The full endorsement statement and list of signatories can be found below.

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As leaders across Iowa and for agriculture, we wholeheartedly endorse Senator Chuck Grassley for his re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2022.

Senator Grassley is a tireless advocate for Iowa's livestock producers, farmers, biofuel producers, and rural communities. His leadership on issues including free and fair trade, price transparency in livestock marketing, pandemic assistance for farmers, infrastructure investment, farm bills good for the Midwest, renewable energy, and taxes has been instrumental to grow our agriculture economy and attract business and innovation to our state. That includes good-paying jobs in farm equipment manufacturing and inputs all along the supply chain to keep our farm economy growing. We need to keep Senator Grassley at the table to continue championing policies that foster prosperity in the farm economy and vitality across Iowa.

Senator Grassley is also a tireless advocate for Iowa’s rural communities. The wind and biofuels industries in Iowa would not exist without the foresight of our senator, Chuck Grassley. The biofuels industry supports more than 37,000 good paying jobs and fuels prosperity in our small towns and clean energy for America.

His annual 99-county meetings show his commitment to listening to Iowans and solving problems. Holding question-and-answer sessions in every corner of the state, including the hundreds of small towns where farmers and their families call home, reflects Senator Grassley’s work ethic and passion to represent all Iowans. He has never forgotten where he came from, and his powerful voice in support of key countryside priorities such as broadband, housing, job creation, water infrastructure, and rural health care has never been more important to keep Iowa’s rural communities thriving.

As one of only two crop farmers in the U.S. Senate, Senator Grassley’s legislative expertise, leadership and life experience are unmatched to champion the needs and interests of Iowa agriculture. Senator Grassley is the right choice for agriculture and the right choice for Iowa.

The Senator we need is the Senator we've got.

Sincerely,

Mike Naig
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Cylinder, Iowa

Julie Kenney
Deputy Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Ankeny, Iowa

Bill Northey
Former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation, USDA
Urbandale, Iowa

Robb Ewoldt
President of the Iowa Soybean Association
Davenport, Iowa

Dennis Liljedahl
President of the Iowa Pork Producers Association
Essex, Iowa

Bob Noble
President of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
Riceville, Iowa

Craig Hill
Former President of the Iowa Farm Bureau
Ackworth, Iowa

Curt Mether
Former President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association
Logan, Iowa

E. Thurman Gaskill
Former State Senator and President of the National Corn Growers Association
Corwith, Iowa

Kevin Ross
Former President of the National Corn Growers Association
Minden, Iowa

Tim Burrack
Former President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association
Arlington, Iowa

Jim Dean
Center Fresh Group
Sioux Center, Iowa

Amanda De Jong
Former State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, USDA
Rhodes, Iowa

Grant Menke
Former State Director, Rural Development, USDA
Ankeny, Iowa

Jeremy Davis
Former Farm Production and Conservation Regional Coordinator, USDA
Ames, Iowa

Bill Horan
Chairman Western Iowa Energy
Rockwell City, Iowa

April Hemmes
Hemmes Farms
Hampton, Iowa

Christina Zuiderveen
Managing Partner Black Soil Dairy LLC
Granville, Iowa

Devin Mogler
President of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Alvord, Iowa

Q&A: Killing the Filibuster Mutes Iowa’s Voice

Q: Why is killing the Senate “filibuster” bad for Iowa?

A: If Democrats and Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer get their way, they will kill the filibuster in the Senate. That might be good for a liberal agenda pushed by Californians and New Yorkers, but it’s bad for Iowa. Quite simply, killing the so-called “filibuster” would be damaging to working families and our way of life in America’s Heartland. The architects of the U.S. Constitution carefully constructed the balance of power in the upper and lower chambers of the federal legislature through strategic compromise to preserve the principles of federalism. The Senate, which has two members for every state, no matter how large or small, prevents populous states from running roughshod over the interests of less populated and rural states. For more than 200 years, Senate rules have upheld the ability for each individual senator to keep check on the tyranny of the majority. Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer’s stance on the filibuster aligns with her voting record that mirrored Nancy Pelosi 93 percent of the time, supporting the interests of California liberals instead of Iowans. That’s a big reason why voters in Iowa’s First District kicked her out of office in 2020 – a loss that’s especially embarrassing considering Iowa voters haven’t kicked a Member of Congress out of office after just one term in more than 50 years. Now, ex-Rep. Finkenauer wants members of her political party to unilaterally change Senate rules to ram through a partisan progressive agenda. She has lambasted Senators Manchin and Sinema for seeking compromise and consensus. Changing the rules would come at Iowa’s expense. First of all, it would allow President Biden to pass his partisan progressive agenda filled with reckless spending and higher taxes. But even worse, going forward it would freeze Iowa’s Senators out of negotiations on laws that impact Iowans. Without it, we’d have a New Yorker–Chuck Schumer and a Californian–Nancy Pelosi, writing laws behind closed doors, instead of engaging with members from other states like Iowa. Consider the Biden administration’s effort to ram through another multi-trillion dollar reckless tax and spending spree on top of the $2 trillion package it passed on a party-line vote in March. Build Back Better was developed with no Republicans at the table. Absent the guardrails of what is usually derisively, if inaccurately, called the Senate filibuster, the Democrats’ progressive agenda serving the interests of coastal elites would sideline states like Iowa and put our kids and grandkids on the hook for reckless deficit spending for generations to come. 

Q: What would happen if the Democrats killed the Senate’s 60 vote rule? 

A: If Democrats are successful in their effort to change the Senate rule that requires 60 votes for legislation to advance, it would freeze rural states like Iowa out of the legislative process and end bipartisanship as we know it. Unlike the House of Representatives, Senate rules allow any individual senator to offer an amendment and also prevent a narrow majority from stopping the amendment process. That means some bipartisanship is required to pass most legislation, and paves the way for individual senators to participate and better represent the views of their constituents. History shows during the brief period when Democrats had 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, the Majority Party threw consensus out the window and sought to pass more sharply partisan legislation with little or no effort to reach across the aisle. Bills were written in the Democrat Leader’s office and even rank-and-file Democrats lost the ability to offer amendments on behalf of their states. History is repeating itself in today's 50-50 Senate where Democrat leaders have attempted to ram through a historically large and sweeping series of social welfare programs and climate spending proposals, including mass amnesty, on the slimmest majority using the budget reconciliation process. A permanent change in Senate rules to allow a narrow majority to cut off debate and choke amendments would empower Senate leaders to neuter the ability of individual senators to legislate on behalf of their states. In effect, it would allow lawmakers from California and New York to push the mute button on so-called flyover states. That makes Ex-Rep. Finkenauer’s full-throated support for killing the so-called “filibuster” disqualifying to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. Despite giving lip service to bipartisanship, ex-Rep. Finkenauer is campaigning to be a reliable vote for Democrat leadership and a sharply partisan agenda, not a serious, independent legislator. Iowans count on Chuck Grassley to champion Iowa at every turn. Chuck Grassley is one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. Senate. He has consistently opposed allowing narrow majorities to unilaterally cut off the fundamental right of senators to offer amendments under both Republican and Democrat majorities and Presidents of both parties. Grassley Works for Iowa. Having served Iowans in the U.S. Senate for the past 41 years, Chuck Grassley’s unmatched commitment to representative government is reflected by his historic electoral success at the ballot box. He’s won every re-election to the U.S. Senate by double-digit victories and is working as hard as ever to repeat this outcome on Election Day in November. Chuck Grassley’s success is earned by keeping in touch with Iowans and putting Iowa first—from the Senate Floor to every county, every year. 

National Corn Growers Association Voices Support for Sen. Chuck Grassley

DES MOINES — As a leading advocate for corn growers in Iowa and nationwide, Brooke Appleton of the National Corn Growers Association today voiced her support for Senator Chuck Grassley, a lifelong family farmer, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and fierce fighter for Iowa's farmers and biofuels producers.

"Senator Grassley has been a tireless champion for policies important to corn growers. From the Renewable Fuel Standard, to farm bills, to tax issues, and trade priorities – we remain grateful for the Senator’s support and leadership," said Brooke Appleton, NCGA’s Vice President, Public Policy.

"Iowa is the number one corn-producing state in the nation, so the support of our corn growers is very important to me. Agriculture is the beating heart of Iowa's economy. From ethanol to distillers grain and other value-added products, corn growers help feed and fuel the world. As a family farmer, being the voice of Iowa agriculture in the United States Senate is a personal passion of mine," said Senator Chuck Grassley.

The Grassley farm in New Hartford, Iowa grows corn and soybeans. Grassley has championed Iowa agriculture at every turn, from the farm bill safety net to expanding access to and production of corn ethanol. Recently, Grassley led the effort to support biofuel producers who had to shut down production during the pandemic. USDA just announced it would make $800 million available to the industry.

Iowa Bankers Endorse Chuck Grassley for Re-Election

“No Public Servant…Has Worked Harder to Make Iowa a Better Place to Live”
DES MOINES – The Iowa Bankers Association, which represents the Iowa banks that fuel Iowa’s local economies, small businesses, farmers and job creation, today endorsed Senator Chuck Grassley for re-election to the United States Senate.

“I can think of no public servant who has worked harder to make Iowa a better place to live, work and play. Our influential senior senator still has much to offer our state,” said John Sorensen, President and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association.

“I appreciate the support of the community leaders who lend to Iowa’s small businesses and family farmers and make job creation possible for so many Iowans,” Grassley said. “These community institutions play a vital role in making sure there’s the capital needed to invest, grow and build in Iowa.”

As former chairman and a current senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the most influential lawmakers in Congress who has led the fight to protect community banks from onerous federal, one-size-fits-all regulation that would destroy jobs and hurt the economy. Most recently, he’s led the charge against the Biden administration’s proposal to report individuals’ low-dollar transactions to the IRS, which would undermine Iowans’ privacy and give the IRS the power to go after Iowans with little-to-no cause. In 2018, Grassley supported bipartisan legislation to loosen Washington’s grip on community banks and end harmful federal regulations that had no positive impact on the lending process.

Opinion: Year after year, Grassley works for Iowa like nobody else

When I was elected governor at age 36, I became the youngest chief executive in Iowa’s history. The farm crisis was truly baptism by fire. Witnessing the dreams and livelihoods of hardworking farm families end in foreclosures and auctions was a gut punch to all of us. 

That’s when leadership matters.

Our now senior U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley took the bull by the horns and wrote new bankruptcy protections to help farm families reorganize debt without being forced to sell off equipment and farmland. A lifelong family farmer, he’s been the fiercest advocate for the family farmer for more than four decades. 

When the farm economy turned south, Chuck Grassley set out to help diversify and expand opportunities in overseas markets. He spearheaded a biennial Ambassadors Tour to bring foreign trade ministers to Iowa. He persuaded a few dozen ambassadors to join him and Barbara for a week in Iowa. Chuck Grassley showed them the importance of agriculture and trade to America’s heartland. With sheer determination and doggedness that runs through every vein in his body, Chuck Grassley mapped out a remarkable showcase of Iowa’s people, products and places in a week-long caravan across our state. He opened the window of opportunity for Iowa businesses and communities to establish trading relationships and friendships between foreign ambassadors and their Iowa host families. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (right) introduces Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Tuesday, May 2, 2017, during his confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C.

All these years later, Chuck Grassley is still the best advocate Iowa could ask for when it comes to creating opportunity and opening markets for Iowa farmers, producers and job creators. 

As a family farmer himself, Chuck Grassley understands the impact exports have on America’s top agricultural state. When he advocated for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, he gave Iowa farmers a voice at the table. 

Iowa beef and soybeans have since benefited from duty-free access to important markets in our hemisphere, and those markets are growing. As those economies grow, the increased food demand will continue to create even more trade and investment opportunities for producers. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley holds up a photocopy of The Des Moines Register on Feb. 10, 1996, to show an article covering President Bill Clinton's visit to an Iowa farm. At right is Gov. Terry Branstad.

He’s been a long-time hawk to hold China accountable to its trade agreements. He has fiercely criticized Chinese duties targeting American agriculture and backed temporary tariffs in an effort to secure fairer trade. While he’s stayed true to his free and fair trade principles, Chuck Grassley isn’t afraid to buck the party line when it’s important to Iowa. 

Chuck Grassley laid down an ultimatum for the Trump administration in 2019: Drop your steel and aluminum tariffs — which prompted retaliation from Canada and Mexico against Iowa products — or your newly negotiated North American trade agreement won’t move in the Senate. 

Chuck Grassley’s gambit paid off. The Trump administration heeded his call, dropped the levies, and Iowa pork producers — among others — once again had unimpeded access to sell their goods to our neighbors to the north and south. 

Waitress Chris Cook, right, closes her eyes to the bright TV lights, as she slides a menu in front of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, Kansas Sen. and presidential candidate Bob Dole and Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, during a campaign visit to the Drake Diner in Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 11, 1996.

Chuck Grassley also successfully shepherded the freshly-inked United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) agreement through Congress later that year. A top priority of President Trump’s, this agreement provided significant opportunity to dairy and wheat producers for the first time and opened new markets for Iowa’s manufacturing sector.

This demonstrates Chuck Grassley’s value to our state in two important ways. 

First, Chuck Grassley’s experience, reputation and seniority are instrumental to ensuring Iowa’s interests aren’t left behind when key trade agreements are negotiated. As former chairman and senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has legislative jurisdiction over trade, key stakeholders in the administration and foreign trade ministers listen when Chuck Grassley has something to say.

Gov. Branstad assails the Farm Credit System during a news conference on Oct. 24, 1985. With Branstad are Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, left, and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole.

His leadership gives Chuck Grassley the influence to put Iowa on top. He digs into the weeds of farm, tax, trade and energy policy that impact our state. His no-nonsense approach has him chewing up say, rotten bargains for ethanol, and spitting them out for the administration to digest. This guy doesn’t gloss over the details, he reads the fine print to get it right for Iowa. Chuck Grassley’s reputation as a serious, unrelenting advocate for our state is indispensable. That’s how he’s earned the trust of the people of Iowa. Iowans count on Chuck.

The second takeaway is the senator earnestly listens to Iowans to understand the problems they are having with the supply chain, or getting their pork into China, or exporting their beef into Japan. He recently completed holding his 41st annual 99 county meetings. Hands down, Chuck Grassley sets the gold standard for representative government. He serves as our voice in Washington to make government work for us. That’s the way it should be. 

No one outworks Chuck Graslsey. I’m thrilled he’s running for re-election because Chuck Grassley works for Iowa and we need him in the U.S. Senate now more than ever.

Terry Branstad is the former U.S. ambassador to China and longest-serving governor in U.S. history, elected to six four-year terms as the governor of Iowa.

ASHLEY HINSON: A bright future for Iowa families

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many things in focus. We need to prioritize our health and our families. As a working mother of two young children, I want what’s best for them. As part of my mission in Congress, I’m working every day to create a brighter future for their generation and all Iowa families. Luckily, I’m not alone in this mission.

Right now, we need leadership in Washington. We need someone who has a track record of crafting policies today that will create a better tomorrow. Someone who has been vocal about getting our kids back in the classroom, who has worked to increase innovation and competition in the healthcare industry and has written bipartisan legislation to foster a safe and loving home life for children everywhere.

That’s Chuck Grassley. Plain and simple, he supports Iowa families and makes Iowa a better place to live.

Chuck Grassley uses his breadth of experience in Washington to raise awareness surrounding issues that affect Iowans from all walks of life. In 2009, he founded the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and continues to work as co-chair. His leadership has been critical to shining a light on issues affecting foster youth and foster and adoptive families. Much of the work in the caucus has been shaped by hearing directly from kids in the foster care system and teens who have aged out of the system. The caucus raises awareness about the serious need for foster and adoptive families throughout the country. In Iowa alone, there are roughly 8,000 children in foster care. All children deserve a safe, loving and permanent home. Chuck Grassley’s leadership in this area will help countless kids in foster care and have a lasting impact for generations to come.

His work standing up for our kids doesn’t stop there. In 2019, Grassley’s bill, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (ACE Kids Act), was signed into law. This bill fixed a loophole to help children with complex medical conditions and their families by reducing red tape and helping them coordinate the different types of care needed outside of the hospital. Families navigating a complex medical condition have so much on their plate. This important law aims to reduce some of their burden by getting the government out of the way.

Chuck Grassley is an Iowan through and through as demonstrated by his unwavering commitment to bipartisanship. He’ll work across the aisle to get things done and won’t let partisan antics get in the way of accomplishing his work on behalf of Iowans. That’s why he’s consistently ranked one of the most bipartisan members of Congress.

Through his decades of service, people in Washington look to Chuck Grassley for leadership and results. His experience gives Iowans a voice that’s heard in Washington.

We need a strong, consistent, and common sense voice representing our state. Sending Chuck Grassley back to Washington is vital to ensuring Iowa families have a bright future. We need him in the U.S. Senate, and that is why I am proud to endorse Chuck Grassley for re-election. I’m excited to continue working with him to keep Iowa the best place to work, live, and raise a family.

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Rep Ashley Hinson serves asU.S. Representative for Iowa’s 1st congressional district.

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